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A portable discrete frequency NQR explosives detection system
Author(s): Todd Nichols; Shaun Gidcumb; Thomas Ketterl; Greg Brauns
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes realization of a prototype discrete-frequency self-contained NQR system into a small portable battery powered form-factor capable of detecting and classifying explosive ingredients such as sodium nitrite, ammonium nitrate, RDX, HMX, PETN, potassium nitrate, tetryl, urea nitrate, and glycine. Size is similar to the smallest commercially available NMR spectrometer, but includes all system components. This version uses fixed frequencies and simple pulse sequences to prove feasibility. Results include signature amplitude variation as a function of both sample mass and standoff, and detection unaffected by presence of both metallic and non-metallic clutter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 May 2019
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 11012, Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIV, 110120O (10 May 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2518719
Show Author Affiliations
Todd Nichols, Vadum Inc. (United States)
Shaun Gidcumb, Vadum Inc. (United States)
Thomas Ketterl, Vadum Inc. (United States)
Greg Brauns, Vadum Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11012:
Detection and Sensing of Mines, Explosive Objects, and Obscured Targets XXIV
Steven S. Bishop; Jason C. Isaacs, Editor(s)

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